Below are a list of topics I’ve compiled to help Youth Workers find resources to help them in the Dark Places of youth ministry. I’ve glanced at these websites briefly to ensure they had some value. I can’t warranty these sites will be helpful 100% of the time or that they will be consistent with your values. However, if you find something objectionable or would like to see a site added, please contact me and I’ll do my best to review and add/subtract sites in a timely manner.
General Help Websites
Engaging the Shadows
Alcohol – Drug Abuse
Alcoholics Anonymous - Keep in mind that many feel NA and AA are different, so refer to the right group first.
Al-Anon- Al Ateen- For family members of problem drinkers
Alternatives Pregnancy Center _ Denver, CO
Child Welfare-Abuse Prevention
Christian Counselors/Social Workers
Crisis Response – Major Disasters
ICISF - Crisis Intervention Training and Listing of Local Response Agencies
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief – NAMB- disaster relief and training.
UMCOR - United Methodist Committee on Relief
FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Association
Developmental Disabilities/Autism/Down Syndrome
TheArc – Nationwide support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Note: Intervening in these situations is especially dangerous. It is the #1 way Pastors, youth workers, those who intervene get murdered/assaulted each year.
Narcotics Anonymous - Keep in mind that many feel NA and AA are different, so refer to the right group first.
Same Gender Attractions
Obsessions and Compulsions
XXX Church - Accountability Software
Net Nanny – Filtering Program
COSA: (Support for those affected by someone else’s addiction)
S-Anon: (Support for those affected by someone else’s addiction)
Sexual Abuse/Rape/Pre-Marital Sex
Sex Offender Registry
National Sex Offender Public Website- United States Dept. of Justice
Second Wind Fund – Adolescent Suicidology
The Fierce Goodbye – Faith Based resource
Victims of Violence/PTSD
Support for those in Ministry
Background Check Programs
Shepherd’s Watch – Group Pub. Sponsored
Disaster Recovery Training
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief - NAMB- disaster relief and training. (from pastoral care to chainsaw ministry)
UMCOR – United Methodist Committee on Relief
The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education - Learn pastoral care skills in an internship type setting, learning to be a better pastoral caregiver
First Aid Training
American Red Cross - Also disaster response training.
Also Check with your local EMS or Fire Department as they may offer some of the same trainings for free or a reduced cost.
Prepare and Enrich – Best Premarital and Marital Counseling tools I know of.
SYM Soul Care; Confidential Peer Soul Care – Get help from those called to be Pastors to Youth Pastors (workers, leaders, etc.)
Menno-Link, Listing of Pastoral Self Care Sites, ideas, etc.
Seventy8Productions - Helped design this website, great resource for website development and social media assistance.
Special Thanks To Those Who Helped:
Jeremy Smith @ Seventy8Productions for his web prowess.
Ryan Neilsen @ Pastor2youth.com for his collaboration.